Cambodia Issues Warning Against Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Trading

Authorities in Cambodia have formally warned domestic investors that they risk incurring penalties for buying, selling, or trading cryptocurrencies without getting a license first.

“Any person or legal entity that propagates to mobilize funds, buys, sells, trades or settles Cryptocurrencies without obtaining license from competent authorities shall be penalized in accordance with applicable laws,” a statement signed by the country’s central bank, National Bank of Cambodia, as well as the country’s police service and securities regulator said.

Alleged OneCoin Ponzi scheme

The authorities also warned investors that dealing in cryptocurrencies could result in losses owing to the volatile nature of the assets. The risk of hacking was cited as well.

Additionally, the General-Commissariat of National Police, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia, and the National Bank of Cambodia warned that protection mechanisms for customers were lacking. Some of the cryptocurrencies which were singled out in the statement were Forex Coin, K Coin, Suncoin, KH Coin, and OneCoin, which has been alleged to be a Ponzi scheme.

Late last month 98 people were prosecuted in China over their involvement in the alleged Ponzi scheme with more than $267 million being recovered in the process. This came after an investigation which started in July 2016. Other jurisdictions where the Ponzi scheme revolving around the cryptocurrency created by Bulgarian national Ruja Ignatova is being investigated include Ukraine, Canada, Italy, Ireland, the United States and the United Kingdom…

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